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What is the keyboard shortcut to access the first result in a Google search page?

Any "hacks" would be fine, as long as it does not require the mouse.

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Assuming you mean the first search result, this is already built in to Google!

Notice there is already a little ▶ arrow will next to the first search result. Turns out pressing enter after your search will navigate to that first search result automatically – note that you may need to press first to set the focus to it.

If you don't want the first search result, press again to move the arrow ▶ to the next result, etc, until you get the one you want.

Then press enter to navigate to the search result with the ▶ arrow.


  • pressing ctrl+enter opens the search result in a new tab.

  • pressing shift+enter opens the search result in a new browser window.

  • pressing shows a screenshot for the given search result.

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This is a fairly new change and was rolled out with Google Instant Search in September 2010.

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Pushing tab no longer seems to work (unless you push it 6 or so times), the best solution is to push down instead of tab to focus on the first link. – Aequitas May 21 '15 at 23:57

When typing with suggest, down arrow to select a query and right arrow to select I'm feeling lucky option.

Shortcuts for when you're typing in the search box:

  • enter will search for exactly what you typed in the search box.

  • tab will update the query you’ve typed to match the first prediction.

  • will highlight the next predicted query and show new results.

  • then enter will search for the highlighted prediction and points out focuses on the first result on the page.

  • then will take you to the webpage of your first result just like the "I’m Feeling Lucky" link.


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Maybe something like Pentadactyl/Vimperator (Firefox) or Vimium (Chrome) plugins is something for you?

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I quite like http://keyboardr.com/. It's a keyboard(!) based search tool based on Google's search and everything is accessible by keyboard.

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How do they do this and what about captchas? Are they using illegal screenscraping? – Pacerier May 24 '15 at 20:46

When searching with the browser's address bar, I just hit Enter to search, then I press Tab to focus on first result, and Enter again to open it.

P.S. tested in Chrome, but should probably be the same in every browser.

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The tab no longer seems to work. Which browser are you using? – Pacerier May 24 '15 at 20:47
I use Chrome, as my answer states. – Shimmy May 25 '15 at 15:39
I mean you're using Windows Chrome? Maybe you're seeing a country-specific version, try testing with the no-redirection flag: google.com/ncr – Pacerier May 26 '15 at 4:14

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